Night Drawing on Location

Judy Simonian
Course #2000035

Supplies needed for first two nights:

soft black charcoal sticks (many different kinds, bring what you have)
vine stick charcoal (also called willow charcoal)
kneaded eraser and hard rubber or plastic eraser
exacto knife or razor blade to cut eraser/sharpen edges
pad of all purpose drawing paper 18”x24” is good (not newsprint)
light weight board (1/2” foam core is excellent) and 4 clips to attach drawing pad
cloth rag to blend charcoal, chamois is ok

Supplies for subsequent nights will be discussed in first class but will include:

individual sheets of charcoal paper; black (3), middle value such as beige, gray, pale blue, or pink, etc.
white chalk pastel and pencils
black drawing ink (or color of your choice)
pencils: 4B and any other pencils that you have
inexpensive bamboo round brush about ½ inch in diameter
optional: Graphite sticks of any shape or size
felt tip pens, watercolor or any other medium you prefer to use

Supply Stores Suggested:

New York Central Art Supply—3rd Ave. between 10th and 11th Streets
Utrecht—111 East 4th Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets
Pearl Paint—308 Canal Street
The Art Store—1-5 Bond Street 5

*Some of these stores will give you a student discount if you present your Cooper Union Continuing Education registration receipt.

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